Dell has launched a smaller-than-average all in one desktop PC called the XPS 18 which will face competition from the likes of the Asus Transformer AIO hybrid and the Sony VAIO Tap 20.
The XPS 18 is essentially a big tethered tablet powered by Windows 8 although it does come with a battery that Dell says, will power it for up to five hours.
It comes with an 18.4in 1,920 x 1,080 pixel touchscreen display covered by a layer of Gorilla Glass and is part of the growing trend of family-oriented, big size tablets. At 2.1Kg and measuring only 20mm thick, it is significantly lighter and thinner than the competition.
It’s clear that Dell engineers have given some serious thoughts to its design. There’s a pair of kickstand to keep the XPS 18 at an angle and there’s even magnetic connection to ease the re-docking process.
As for the rest of the hardware, it includes Intel processors ranging from Pentium to Core i7 models, all based on Ivy Bridge. There are three USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and a front facing camera. The XPS 18 will go on sale on 16 April and will retail for £849.